I was hunting for someone
to dye my garments naturally, asking around I got this response from one person:
Unfortunately, "organic dyeing" is really a contradiction in terms. Most natural dyes are unreliable and variable (ie they fade), with colour variations caused by temperature, season, moisture content etc. Some plant dyes work by themselves (mainly on wool - the most common are walnut shells and onion skins) but most "natural" dyes for fabric require heavy metal mordants to fix the colour. Very un-eco friendly in fact.
There is only a little bit of eco dyeing done in Australasia, and even less on a commercial scale. Consequently I stick to chemical dyes that have proved to be safe and reliable over the past century or so. I am actually an organic gardener so am not saying this to rubbish what you're looking for - I have looked at this for my own business but my research showed it not to be viable. Good luck with your search.
So I am a bit baffled by all this so it looks as if I'll be doing my own dyeing which is not something I wanted. Ideally I thought I would be able to find some passionate nutter who had all the knowledge and equipment that I could pay.I can't find anyone so it looks like I'm going to be doing it myself. Which looking on the bright side will offer me control and perhaps blue hands, and that can't be bad right?
Righto then here's a list of natural/vegetable dyeing websites and stuff.
Eco Colour - by India Flint http://www.indiaflint.com/
I might review her book in the book club group.
- Dye - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Dyeing | Color Factory
- Fabricare Organics
- Fibre Spectrum Co-operative, Nelson, New Zealand
- Gandhigram Trust - Natural Dye Unit
- natural dyes
- NaturalDyes : Natural Dyes List
- Naturally Dyed Textiles - Natural Dyes International - An Education...
- SDCANZ - Homepage
- The Natural Dye Studio
Hope they are of help...HELP!